Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles (Vegan)
These chocolate hazelnut truffles are so delicious. They are ready to eat in 30 minutes, and you need only three ingredients to prepare them. For this recipe I used only raw hazelnuts, large dates, and my favorite chocolate. You also going to need a good food processor or blender. They are much more nutritious than other chocolate truffles, because they contain dates and raw hazelnuts.
Why should you make this recipe?
Just one of these chocolate hazelnut truffles is enough to satisfy your sugar cravings. They are so rich and delicious. The dates taste like caramel. They go so well with the hazelnuts and the chocolate. The truffles taste similar to Ferrero Rocher, but are much healthier.
Depending on the chocolate you use this dessert won’t cause rapid increase in insulin production. This means that you will not have a sudden lack of energy later on. The main ingredients are dates and hazelnuts, which in moderation are suitable for diabetics. You can also use dairy free or vegan chocolate to adjust the recipe to your diet or preference. I try to avoid white, refined sugar as much as possible, so I used chocolate that is sweetened with monk fruit.
Dates and hazelnuts are highly nutritious. Both provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and a lot of fiber. In this recipe I use raw hazelnuts. They are more nutrient dense then the roasted ones. Raw nuts are also heart healthy.
Another reason to make this dessert is that it doesn’t require any baking. You need heat only to melt the chocolate. You can do that for a minute in the microwave or on the stove. In Louisiana the summer temperatures are still severe, so I try to avoid heating up the house as much as possible.
Make sure that all of your dates are pitted. One leftover pit can break your appliance.
For this recipe you are going to need large, juicy, pitted dates. If your dates are too dry the texture of the truffles might be too dry. If that is the case, I recommend rehydrating the dates in a little bit of water first.
I create a water bath to melt the chocolate. This means that I put a pot of simmering water underneath the bowl with the chocolate and I stir until it is melted. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave but stir it occasionally (every 15 seconds) so it doesn’t burn.
I got 20 truffles, but you can get less or more than that. It depends on the size of your dates.
Store the truffles in a refrigerator for 3-4 days. Serve them chilled.
This blog post is not sponsored. I love the products of Choc Zero and I use them all the time in my baking. The link will give you $15 off your first purchase and I will get $15 off any of my furniture purchases.
Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
- ½ cup ground raw hazelnuts
- 25 whole raw hazelnuts
- 8 large pitted dates
- 6 oz dark chocolate (dairy and sugar free for Paleo)
- Add 1/2 cup of raw hazelnuts in a food processor and process them until they are finely ground. Then transfer them in a bowl.
- Remove the pits of eight large dates. Add them into the food processor and pulse until they resemble a dough ball.
- Save one tablespoon of the ground hazelnuts and add the rest back into the food processor with the dates. Pulse several times until the ingredients are well combined.
- Form 20-25 equal sized balls from the date and hazelnut flour dough. Flatten each ball and add a whole hazelnut in the middle. Then enclose the dough around the hazelnut.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or using a double boiler on the stove (read the blog post for instructions).
- Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Dip each bowl in chocolate place it on the baking sheet and top with some grounded hazelnuts.
- Once you dip every truffle in chocolate and top it with ground hazelnuts put it it the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Then transfer the truffles in box with a lid and store in the refrigerator.